Review: Tiger Moth Scenic Flights, Cairns, Queensland


I am the touring editor for Traveler’s Digest and my name is Mike Smith. I am a Travel/adventure writer and tour constantly with our crew. As we travel the globe to gather related data, we shoot miles of film, take thousands of photographs write reviews and editorials of both locations and travel industry businesses. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best and most detailed travel information available…anywhere. An informed traveler is a happy traveler. After touring Australia with my crew for nearly a year, I must admit to the passion I have developed for this land of natures phenomena’s. I hope this review will instill some vision of this unique land! After you read it, make some plans of your own to venture across the most fascinating place on earth…it is totally unforgettable!

Australia is a land of vast alien like deserts, the oldest living rain forest, thousands of kilometers of white sand beaches, glorious harbors, countless tropical islands, quaint villages, wildlife that exists no where else on Earth and the absolute best diving in the worlds largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef. Many of these treasured places can be found along the coast near the charming town of Cairns in northern Queensland.

As of Sept. 2002 we had toured from Perth to Sydney and up the gold coast for several months and had spent at least a month in and near the city of Cairns. The attractions found in this area alone will keep you enchanted for months, so plan a lengthy stay. The city is also home to the world’s longest gondola, the Skyrail, which will float you at tree top level through the oldest native rain forest…there is also an inspiring aboriginal center that will give you an insight into the native culture of the Aboriginals…one of the oldest tribes of the human race.

One great adventure we shared was after we contacted Justin at Tiger Moth Scenic Flights. A flying experience that I will not soon forget. He owns and operates a DH-82 Tiger Moth. First built in 1931 it was and still is the ultimate dual wing acrobatic eagle of the skies. Cairns is a beautiful city and resting on a gorgeous bay it is even more spectacular when viewed upside down while flying with a true ace in his open cockpit flying machine. The loops, barrel rolls and upside down stalls will stir anyone’s adrenalin. I cannot remember feeling so alive.

We value our new friendship with the sky. And for the excellent flying abilities of the pilot, we can only say…thank heaven that there are still daring men like Justin around to share the glory of conquering the clouds in one of those crazy flying machines. Thank you Justin….May the air always be beneath you.

Traveler’s Digest regards this adventure as one of the best in the world and a must do for anyone wanting to know the ultimate feeling of living on the edge while still remaining safe. The plane and the man that flies it are regarded as one of the best in the world. You are in great hands and in one of the safest planes ever built…then or now.


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Michael Smith was the touring editor for Traveler’s Digest. His journeys took him across the world and on a series of unforgettable adventures!